Choir is flying flag for the town

The Hartlepool Male Voice Choir. Picture by Tom Collins.
The Hartlepool Male Voice Choir. Picture by Tom Collins.

A POPULAR Hartlepool choir will represent the region this weekend in a prestigious concert that will help the fight against cancer.

Hartlepool Male Voice Choir have been invited to perform at Scotland’s first Festival of Brass and Voices.

They will join over 450 singers from across Scotland and the north of England in raising the roof of Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Saturday.

The festival usually takes place at the Royal Albert Hall in London every three years in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Mick Waller, Hartlepool Male Voice Choir secretary, said: “We have been rehearsing diligently and enthusiastically and we’re really looking forward to singing at such a prestigious venue.

“We hope that music lovers will make a point of joining us on the night and help us raise life saving funds for Cancer Research UK.”

The world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band will also appear in the festival for a programme of choral and brass band favourites.

Event chairman Syd Harris, of Buckie, Moray, in Scotland, has lost family and friends to cancer and said he hopes the event will raise a lot of money.

He said: Syd said: “Cancer touches everyone and, having lost both my parents to cancer, this is a cause very close to my heart.

“We can promise our audience a fantastic evening of choral and brass music that they are sure to recognise and love.”

To date, the Festival of Brass and Voices events have raised over £400,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Tickets are available at www.usherhall.co.uk or by telephoning (0131) 2281155.